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Submitting a Manuscript

When your manuscript is complete–OK, writers never feel finished with their works, but somewhere close–we’d love to take a look. We need two things from you to get the process going: a well researched, professionally edited manuscript in one of our topic areas (the sciences, especially biology) and a cover letter in lieu of a proposal.

Submission Package

Your cover letter should offer a brief summary of the book’s central point(s), describe the intended reader, the similar titles and how your work expands on them, and why you are the right author for this book. This needn’t be long; a page will suffice. You many also, of course, include any other details that you think we should know.

Use our Contact Us webform to reach out; we’ll send you all the details.

The Process

We’re eager to get your submission. We’ll take a look at your cover letter and read your manuscript. You can expect to hear from us within three months, although we know what it’s like to wait and will get back to you sooner if possible.

When we accept a manuscript, we get to work with you in designing the book cover, layout, and interior illustrations while our editor works with your submission. We like to publish within 9 months of acceptance.

Write an Amazing Book on your Schedule and Budget

Project management is a fantastic, albeit dull sounding, set of skills you can use to guide the process of taking an idea from inception to submitted manuscript.

Project management was born in the early half of the 20th century, largely to meet the needs of massive engineering projects. It deals with initiation, design, implementation, and close out of major projects. It is not managing day to day, recurring tasks (that’s operations management), but instead activities that have a defined endpoint. For example, writing is an author’s operation, but delivering a particular manuscript is a project.

Projects face the triple constraint: scope, schedule, and cost. Usually setting one impacts either or both of the other factors. You may have a plot in mind, and from that flows the schedule and budget (the wiring time and editing costs being driven by the page length). Project management can help you get the best outcome, schedule, and budget.

Project management has many, many schools of thought and corresponding tools. The specifics of those are not important right now. Instead, focus on the overall concept that changes to scope, schedule, or budget are best accommodated early in the project. At the core, project management for authors is easy. Define the scope (e.g.: plot), determine the time you’ll need, and the costs of completing the manuscript; rinse and repeat as needed until you reach a satisfactory scope, schedule, and budget.

That was painless! In subsequent posts I’ll walk you through some very easy planning tools. Stay tuned.

IBPA Membership and More

We are delighted to be in the great company of fellow members of the Independent Book Publishers Association, the largest association of and advocate for small presses.

Lots of other news, too. We just reached out to Small Press United to establish a distribution agreement. We’re working on our first title, Fat Within, scheduled for release in the first part of 2017. We started discussions with designers last week, too.

Stay tuned for more updates!